Gabriel says Arsenal must not further complicate their Champions League hopes any further by losing to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
After defeat in their first two games against Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb the Gunners gave themselves a lifeline with a 2-0 win over the Bundesliga champions on Matchday 3, however, they are well aware that another loss could leave qualification for the knockout rounds out of their hands.
Speaking ahead of the trip to the Allianz Arena the Brazilian centre-back told Arsenal Player of the need to attack with intelligence:
“I think we feel more confident within the competition than after the first two games. We had two defeats and we felt a bit down but the group is very strong, so we managed to overcome that and we managed to recover against a great team that will probably fight to win the competition as well.
“With this victory [against Bayern], we managed to get up and running and realise that anything is possible in football, thanks to the confidence and ability of all the players.
“I think at home we were able to impose ourselves a lot more. We attacked a bit more but I think when we play away, we also have to have a slightly different outlook.
“That doesn’t mean we’ll spend the whole game defending. We’re a big team, we’re Arsenal and we need to attack because we need the result.
“But we need to attack with intelligence and make sure we don’t suffer a defeat and complicate our situation for the rest of our competition.”
If Arsenal do lose on Wednesday and Olympiacos beat Dinamo Zagreb it means a draw between the Greeks and Bayern on Matchday 5 would see both secure safe passage out of the group stage. That would leave us facing the possibility of Europa League football (in its previous incarnation as the UEFA Cup) for the first time since we reached the final in 2000…and loads of games for the rest of the season on Thursdays and Sundays.
We don’t want that. We really don’t want that.